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Robinson Chirinos tried to pick off Jose Altuve, who simply raced to second on the attempt

Few players in baseball are more respected on the basepaths than Jose Altuve. Only Dee Gordon and Billy Hamilton have more steals than him since the start of the 2012 season, and he has tremendous instincts.

Those skills were on display during Friday night's 3-2 win over the Rangers. After singling with two outs in the seventh, Altuve took a healthy lead. Catcher Robinson Chirinos tried to keep a close eye on him, and fired down to first baseman Ronald Guzman.

The only problem? Altuve was no longer there:

Spying that Chirinos was about to throw down, Altuve paused for a second and then darted to second, where he slid in safely before Guzman even had time to react.

Technically, the play was scored a wild pitch and not a stolen base, but there's no doubting that Altuve "stole" second in every other sense of the word.